Agua de Jamaica (Mexican Hibiscus Tea)

Enjoy this delicious Agua de Jamaica! A classic Mexican drink made with dried roselle hibiscus flowers infused in hot water. It’s just like making tea! 

Three glasses with agua de jamaica drink garnished with mint on a wooden tray.
Agua De Jamaica is delicious and refreshing Mexican drink

Want to have something different but healthy to drink? Then look no further! Agua De Jamaica is a refreshing tea that is full of vitamin C, minerals and lot of invigorating flavor.

Agua De Jamaica is one of the most popular Agua Frescas in Mexico just like Agua De Sandia, Agua De Pepino or Agua De Piña. Want something creamy? Make my Horchata! It’s a crowd favorite that never disappoints.

Close up image of a glass with Agua De Jamaica

What exactly is Jamaica?

The correct term for Jamaica in English is Roselle (y en Español es rosa de Jamaica) – Hibiscus sabdariffa. The drink it’s not made out of those ornamental hibiscus plants like you see in the photos with the drinks (those were just used as props lol).

Jamaica has many health benefits including lowering blood pressure, reduce levels of sugar and fats in blood, reduces inflammation and other amazing uses.

Ingredients

You only need two ingredients (not counting water) to make this traditional Agua de Jamaica drink: Jamaica dried flowers & sugar

Hibiscus Tea is a little that and it requires sugar to make it more easy to drink. However, you can use a natural sweetener if you’re trying to avoid sugar.

  • 2 cups dried Jamaica flowers also known as hibiscus or flor de Jamaica
  • 16 cups water (
  • 1 cup sugar
Dried roselle flowers scattered on a blue background
Use dried Flor De Jamaica to make a delicious drink!

Where to find dried Jamaica flowers

Most common grocery stores are starting to carry the dried hibiscus flowers since its’ finally starting to become popular for good reasons. Look in the latin section as a spice.

If your grocery store does not carry it, try a latin store since it’s very likely they will carry it. Your third option would be online like Amazon or any tea stores.

How to make Agua de Jamaica

Roselle flowers in a medium saucepan cooked in water
  • First, place to 2 cups of dried Jamaica and 8 cups of cold water in a medium pot.
  • Bring the Jamaica & water to a soft boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add the sugar at this point and stir well until all of the sugar is dissolved. NOTE: We want to make sure we do this process while Jamaica is still hot so that the sugar dissolves easily.
  • Add the remaining of the water and let it cool & steep for at least 2 hours (I let mine sit overnight covered on my counter since I like it to have a strong flavor!)
Straining jamaica thru a strainer into a large jar
  • When ready, just strain it to remove the flowers. Taste for sugar and water and add more if necessary.

That’s it! Keep in refrigerator until ready to use and serve over ice.

Agua De Jamaica in glasses and a jar outside in a garden
Close up image of a glass with Agua De Jamaica

Agua de Jamaica – only 2 ingredient Hibiscus Tea

Servings 16 cups
Ana Frias
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Agua De Jamaica is a fragrant, refreshing, and beautiful Mexican drink. This Jamaica Recipe is the ultimate party drink or to enjoy with your meals at home.
16 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups dried jamaica flowers also known as hibiscus or flor de Jamaica
  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, place the 2 cups of dried Jamaica and 8 cups of water.
  • Over medium high heat, bring it to a soft boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add the sugar and stir well until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the remaining of the water and let it cool (I let mine sit overnight covered on my counter since I like it to have a strong flavor!)
  • Strain. Taste for sugar and water and add more if necessary.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over ice.

*Ana’s Notes:

Storing
  • Keep in refrigerator in an air tight container until ready to use and serve over ice.
  • You can make a concentrate (without adding the last cups of water) and keep refrigerated for up to 1 month. 
No calorie sweeteners options
  • To keep the sugar intake low, just add stevia or truvia instead of sugar.
Good to know
  •  Agua De Jamaica is made from Hibiscus Sabdariffa

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NUTRITION

Serving: 8oz | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 12g | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

Three glasses with Agua De Jamaica drink garnished with mint on a wooden tray.

Grow your own Roselle Hibiscus plant!!

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), is usually grown in tropical and subtropical areas (USDA zones 8-11). Roselle plant care is relatively easy! Last year I sowed my seeds in March and harvested the hibiscus calyxes around October/November. Just sow your seeds or plant your cuttings in sandy loam that receives full sun and water regularly.

The beauty is that it does not need much fertilizers but I fed it with fish emulsion at least once a month to keep it happy and healthy.

Tip: This plant does not like the cold but loves the heat! So if you need to protect heat sensitive plants, Roselle Hibiscus is a great plant to grow around them to protect from the blistering summer sun.

roselle flower plants in a garden

My plants from last year! How gorgeous are they?

Cheers!

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26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am very excited for this! Thank you so much for sharing! I gotta try this! gotta make this for the days I feel I want to try something different

  2. 5 stars
    One of my favorites! Such a beautiful drink. I especially love how easily it comes together with one two ingredients.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe came out perfect. I love that the proportions are easy to remember – I just made it and now I never have to look up the measurements again. I’ve always tried to make agua de jamaica by “winging it” and it never came out right. Thanks for the perfect reciple.

  4. 5 stars
    I can hardly wait to make this tea. A favorite here in Bangkok is called Butterfly Pea tea! I was afraid to try but got hooked on it. Butterfly pea is a plant flower, too. Purple!
    Muy delish!

  5. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this drink! I made it today and it’s the perfect thing to keep you cool this summer! Thanks!!

  6. 5 stars
    I have never had this, but plan to make it soon. It’s got to be as delicious as it is beautiful!

  7. 5 stars
    My daughter and I prefer tea over soda and juice, so I made this with her a couple days ago. It’s now our new favorite drink and so refreshing! We’ll be making this all summer!

  8. 5 stars
    My Mexican wife turned me on to jamaica and so glad she did. Such a refreshing and flavorful drink. I wish more restaurants offered this as I get tired of having ice tea all the time and prefer not to drink soda.

  9. 5 stars
    There is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant in Orange California
    (The Green Door Cafe). They sell a lot of this but they add a touch of cinnamon! Delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Ana,

    I’m so glad you made this recipe, it’s one of my favorites aguas frescas! I have a question though, where do you find the hibiscus dried flower?
    Thanks,